I was listening to an episode of Artists Helping Artists about studios and how to make your studio an inviting place to work. I have been avoiding my studio lately because it's been messy and reminding me of work. Boxes heaped on boxes and the closet overflowing. It just became too hard to move in there.
Ginger has made a little burrow in the closet. She loves to race around the studio and play tag when she gets the "zoomies". Then when she gets sufficiently tired she hides in her burrow, digs at the carpet, and shreds something. Ginger had the most worried expression on her face throughout the cleaning process. She still has her burrow, just with less busted bubble wrap.
There is an ulterior motive for moving everything around. I recently adopted a whole bunch of cacti, some of them quite big, and they really needed a new home. Somewhere bright and away from my preschooler. My brother sat on a cactus when he was young and the memories of watching my mom trying to get all the needles out of his backside is a little terrifying to me.
I was able to move everything so that I can share the light with my plants. Having plants in there makes it a much more inviting space. I find myself zoning out and looking at them when I'm thinking. Plus, now I have a spinning corner that I've been itching to try out.
It's amazing what a little rearranging and putting away can do. I've been getting up earlier to get work done before Bea wakes up in the morning. Morning has always been my best thinking time. If you want anything done well by me it has to be done before 10am. I know, it sounds horrible and believe me, college was the worst.
The best part of an all morning clean up was the onigiri that my lovely husband and daughter made for me for lunch.
Cool Stuff Coming Up:
Warrensburg, MO is having an art walk July 15th on Pine Street from 7-9pm and I'm going to be there selling some of my collages. Come out and see me!